This is a dynamic, interactive workshop with an emphasis on making a complex, biopsychosocial experience and its treatment easier to explain to your colleagues and clients. It includes group learning and small group discussion and problem solving. Stories and metaphors will be used to illustrate concepts. You will apply the information provided in the workshop to case examples. Discussion of the participants’ various practice environments will add further opportunity to apply this learning to real world clients and settings.
• Describe the key features of chronic pain
• Identify strategies to prevent functional decline in patients with pain
• Describe the typical changes that occur over time in the brain with chronic pain
• List the key areas you should address and common assessment tools
• Describe how to help your client to advocate for better care and support
• Describe practical mind-body strategies you can incorporate in treatment sessions
• Identify classes of medications for treating chronic pain
• Develop a client-centered plan for helping a community-based client to manage chronic pain
• Describe additional resources for clients with chronic pain
Who Should Attend?
Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, licensed practical nurses, kinesiologists, exercise therapists, massage therapists, therapy assistants, and other allied health professionals.
The workshop includes morning and afternoon refreshments and snacks, certificate of completion. Please note that lunch is on your own.
About the Presenter: Bonnie Klassen, BSc (OT), MSc
Bonnie Klassen is a clinical occupational therapist with 21 years of experience in a variety of settings, community, hospital based, urban and rural. She completed a thesis-based MSc from University of Alberta. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and participated in writing a Canadian position statement on the OT Role in Pain Management, and she has presented on pain-management related topics at conferences, workshops, and to OT students. She received the annual service award from the Pain Society of Alberta in 2013 and continues to serve on the PSA conference planning committee. She is employed in two rural Alberta Health Services chronic pain clinics, and in private practice as an occupational therapist. She recently completed a pain education and resource website with the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists and funded by the Government of Alberta – www.mypainmyway.ca